It’s a typical Adam Sandler movie. There’s goofy one-liners and immature behavior but underneath it all, there’s a warm-fuzzy feeling to it. I’m not sure I should be glad or sad that I can relate to his films.
Grown Ups is about five childhood friends who reunite as adults following the death of their beloved basketball coach. They’ve all got jobs & families of their own, but once reunited, they retort to their childish ways together.
The plot is sketchy at best. This movie is much better described as five forty-somethings that like to play pranks on each other while ogling women. It feels at times that the cast is settling for mediocrity, which will only disappoint fans. Part of the problem is the mass of players onscreen including, but not limited to : Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Kevin Smith, Maria Bello and Salma Hayek.
Someone has to lead here, which means the other talent is left at the wayside.
I think on some level, all Adam Sandler movies try to include a small moral lesson about being good to each other. That little notion seems to allow me to enjoy his stupid humor. There is a good hearted nature, but it doesn’t make this a great comedy. Just an OK one.
Some of the “guys hanging out together” humor may be relatable, but the series of one liners gets old quickly. I feel like there was a good story to tell here, but there are too many completely phony and ridiculous storylines which water down the more solid scenes.
I laughed, but I don’t think this will go down as one of the better comedies of the year.